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The Graphics and Photography Pathway OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design - Photography being the second year of a two-year course split into two one-year elements.
In the first year, you’ll be placed onto the Subsidiary Diploma, where you’ll study 9 units, 18 in total over the 2 years. This is the equivalent of 3 x A Levels
You’ll study units like Digital Technology, Branding for Design, Digital Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics Advertising Photography and Fashion Photography.
A typical unit consists of initial research, experimentation, generating ideas for a brief, developing ideas, presenting ideas to a client, using client feedback to refine ideas, and presenting a final outcome in response to a brief. Each unit is designed to be delivered as a project, based on commercial outcomes.
Art & Design in Context is a mandatory unit in each year. You’ll specialise in your major for that year, either Photography or Graphic Design.
Optional units include: Exploring Digital Photography, Art and Design Illustration, Exploring Film-based Photography, Design for Advertising, Digital Image Creation, Using Digital Technology in Graphic Design, Portrait Photography, Character Design and Creation, Landscape Photography, Branding Corporate Design, How artists and Designers Use 2D Materials, Techniques and Processes, Realising an Outcome for a Specialist Art or Design Brief, Exploring Artists as Photographers, Motion Graphics, Creating Animation, Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork , OCN NI Level 2 Award in Photography.
5 GCSEs at Grades C or above including English Language and/or Maths (including Art) or successful completion of a Level 2 related qualification. Equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Please check with the individual Course Co-ordinator on application. Criteria may be subject to change.
If you don not have Grade C in English, Maths or Computing, you’ll need to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and/or ICT.
You’ll also need to have a successful interview. You’ll need to bring a portfolio of art and design work to your interview, which should demonstrate an awareness and enthusiasm for Art & Design.
You’ll need to have a DSLR and a 500gb Hard Drive before joining this course.
For Progression to Year 2, OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art abd Design - Photography satisfactory completion of Year 1 studies must be achieved.
You will be assessed throughout the year and be expected to complete a range of assignments on an ongoing basis. This includes the production of 2D and 3D work with accompanying sketchbooks and written work, culminating in a final major project and end-of-the-year show.
Units are delivered by coursework, which is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are no exams.
On completion of this OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design - Graphics students will progress onto second year OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design - Photography. Following the second year students may progress to associated Degree programmes, or move directly into work placements or employment. Students who recently completed the qualification progressed to Degree and HND courses in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
The course provides a pathway onto Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design ) Arts Practice or Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design), provided the prerequisite qualification level is achieved.
You will begin with an introduction to the Adobe range of industry-standard software, and you’ll be expected to build on your skills throughout the course.
A series of industry talks and educational and team-building visits are conducted over the two years to help you develop your commercial awareness and make decisions about your future career.
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